The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
This book is on our short list of favorite reads ever. It’s on sale and it’s brilliant.
The writing is elegant–the kind we love to get lost in. The story is beautifully woven, crossing multiple times, places, and cultures. It is rich in magic, yet it is first and foremost a story about people. Did we mention it’s one of our favorite reads ever?
And the ebook is only $1.99 for a limited time.
From the publisher:
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
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